Profiles in Courage Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the subject of PROFILES IN COURAGE all have in common?
(a) They were all Republicans.
(b) They all served as U. S. Senators.
(c) They were all Democrats.
(d) They all lost elections and then won them the next time.

2. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?
(a) More money than anyone else.
(b) More education than experience.
(c) The confidence of coming from a strong political family.
(d) Ignorance of the Washington politics.

3. In spite of John Quincey Adams' clarity and political courage, what life-long need did he have?
(a) A personal fortune so he was not dependent on the voters.
(b) The visible justification of God.
(c) The approval of his father and mother.
(d) Unwavering popularity among the people.

4. What metaphoric comparison does Kennedy make to John Quincey Adams' Puritanism?
(a) A mighty ship in a storm.
(b) The east coast, craggy, rocky, somber and strong.
(c) A conflict of interests.
(d) Kennedy's Catholicism.

5. Whom did the Adams family say that the magistrate must serve?
(a) His people.
(b) His god.
(c) His family.
(d) His party.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?

2. What does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.

3. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?

4. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?

5. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?

(see the answer key)

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